La Maison en Petits Cube
(a.k.a. Tsumiki no Ie)
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I figure this is worth starting a thread for, though I know most people aren't all that interested in anime shorts and on the surface this doesn't look like it'd be one of the exceptions. No cool goth-styled action like Comedy or teenage romantic melodrama like Voices of a Distant Star and whatnot. Nope, it's all about the pain and loneliness of being elderly and feeling abandoned. Fun!
But more to the point: This just won the Academy Award for best animated short.
So let's recap, shall we, the amount of anime that has won an Academy Award for anything
La Maison en Petits Cubes
And that's it
. Think about that, grasshopper.
Does it deserve the award? Well, hell yeah. It's astonishingly well animated, it has some nice music, and it's pretty damn poignant, especially for a short.
Will it find an audience? I'm not sure if this short's fans would ever really extend beyond the people who are likely interested in watching it already or have already done so. The director and studio achieved no modest amount of critical acclaim for Tortov Roddle
, which is probably one of the best anime that nobody's seemed to have watched, so I'd expect somewhere in that area of viewership. But who knows - maybe the simple fact of the golden man adorning the shelf of this wonderful little thing will prick up some ears.
Is it the best anime short ever? Well I won't go for those arguments and their circular notions. Let's just leave it at the hopefully uncontroversial assertion that it's a damn good one. I felt moved in a twelve minute span. My tastes naturally incline more towards the dark beauty of Koji Yamamura but I think this one has a direct emotional connection that will appeal to many people.
Do you need to watch this? Well if it sounds boring to you then I'm not that sure I can change your mind, but hey, maybe you watch it anyway?